LinuxQuestions.org
Register a domain and help support LQ
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Password
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 11-21-2003, 05:58 PM   #1
mm18050
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Distribution: Redhat 9
Posts: 6

Rep: Reputation: 0
Dualboot w/ Windows XP


I was wondering if it was possible to use the dualboot feature in windows xp. IE: editing boot.ini

I tried to make a bootsect.lnx file and I tried /dev/hdc1 to /dev/hdc4 and none of them seemed to work. Either they a) went to a blank screen and nothing happend, or b) it just went back to the OS selection screen. Do I have to have a bootloader (grub or lilo) on the linux partition? I really don't want to have to, so i'm looking for other suggestions. Besides a boot disk of course. :P

Last edited by mm18050; 11-21-2003 at 06:11 PM.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 09:26 PM   #2
DavidPhillips
Guru
 
Registered: Jun 2001
Location: South Alabama
Distribution: Fedora / RedHat / SuSE
Posts: 7,154

Rep: Reputation: 56
Why not use Lilo on the MBR? It will work with WinXP, no problem.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 09:29 PM   #3
mm18050
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Distribution: Redhat 9
Posts: 6

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
If you're sure that it 100% work and detect my XP partition without any problem, and no configuration is nessary (as in ready to go after install). I was a bit 'scared' to install linux on this computer as this is my main computer. Linux wouldn't work on the other one and I really wanted it. :P
 
Old 11-21-2003, 09:54 PM   #4
mary
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2003
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 135

Rep: Reputation: 15
Both GRUB and LILO have dual booted Mandrake and XP fine for me. Working 100% good, with no extra configuration.

At first on 9.1, I used LILO, which booted XP fine. Because I was a complete newbie and had no idea what I was doing, I re-installed because I couldn't figure out how to login (!) and used GRUB that time. I don't know why. LOL.
That booted XP and Mandrake fine, for the 2 months I used 9.1.

Now I'm using 9.2 and LILO, and I haven't had any reason to boot up into Windows, but it's on the menu and I'm sure it'll work fine if I ever need to get into Windows.

I have windows on hda (1 big partition) and Linux on hdb (with /, swap, & /home partitions). LILO is, and GRUB was, on hda.

Just use GRUB or LILO. I don't think the windows bootloader would work as well, or be as easily configurable, etc.

--
Mandrake asked me where it should put the bootloader. I just stuck with the default, which was on hda.

Last edited by mary; 11-21-2003 at 09:58 PM.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 10:09 PM   #5
DavidPhillips
Guru
 
Registered: Jun 2001
Location: South Alabama
Distribution: Fedora / RedHat / SuSE
Posts: 7,154

Rep: Reputation: 56
no problem, it will work.
 
Old 11-22-2003, 12:11 AM   #6
snype
Member
 
Registered: Sep 2003
Distribution: Windows 2000(just for my ipaq), Mandrake, Knoppix(h/d install)
Posts: 57

Rep: Reputation: 15
worked for me
 
Old 11-22-2003, 11:32 AM   #7
mm18050
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Nov 2003
Distribution: Redhat 9
Posts: 6

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Whew, ok.

I installed GRUB to the boot partition, not the MBR. I then created the bootsect.lnx file and did the rest and it worked! Thanks to all the suggestions.


*Throws his boot disk in the corner* foo yah.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Want to install FC3 as a dualboot with windows XP justintime32 Fedora - Installation 4 11-25-2006 08:48 AM
Windows stole my Dualboot! netlatino Linux - Newbie 2 04-09-2005 03:16 PM
Installing Windows for a dualboot MylesCLin Linux - Newbie 2 11-03-2004 07:40 AM
Dualboot: Windows XP and Fedora Core 2 Vectrox Fedora 1 06-07-2004 01:12 PM
Windows ME and Linux dualboot piggysmile Linux - Newbie 1 04-28-2004 07:24 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:35 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration